Blaine's Puma Thunder

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Blaine's Puma Thunder

Post by blaine » Thu Sep 19, 2013 12:18 am

Sorry have not been on for a while

I got rid of my old Puma after being unhappy with water leaks on the car etc and decided to buy a 51 plate Puma thunder in April this year instead.

I am the second owner of the car.
Genuine 38,000 miles on the clock
Copy of every receipt for the car

Here are a couple of pics of when I First got it

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The paperwork

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Basically in the time I have owned it all I have done is a set of front pads and discs and the Silver Accessory handbrake handle

Here are some new pics

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Re: Blaine's Puma Thunder

Post by Dal » Thu Sep 19, 2013 7:51 am

Very nice :ok:
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Post by red » Thu Sep 19, 2013 8:35 am

8-) gotta love some magnum grey
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Post by blaine » Thu Sep 19, 2013 8:49 am

I really like the colour! Comes up very well after a good clean.
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Post by evilrob » Thu Sep 19, 2013 9:34 am

You lucky bastard! Looks like a minter! :thumbs:
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Re: Blaine's Puma Thunder

Post by MaxSparta » Thu Sep 19, 2013 1:15 pm

red wrote:8-) gotta love some magnum grey
I agree 8-) Ya cant beat a bit of Magnum Grey :P


Nice find Blaine, looks in better nic then mine thats for sure :-D
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Re: Blaine's Puma Thunder

Post by CherryVimto » Thu Sep 19, 2013 2:25 pm

So, is this 4 Magnum Pumas on here now?
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Re: Blaine's Puma Thunder

Post by evilrob » Thu Sep 19, 2013 3:57 pm

CherryVimto wrote:So, is this 4 Magnum Pumas on here now?
WoO! YAy! Magnum Grey Puma Party!
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Re: Blaine's Puma Thunder

Post by blaine » Thu Sep 19, 2013 8:04 pm

Thanks for the kind comments!

The car is quite tidy, It has a bit of laquer peel on the passenger side and the rust is just starting to come through on bottom of the driver's door and the rear arches but these will bot be addressed!
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Post by CherryVimto » Thu Sep 19, 2013 8:29 pm

Lovely motor you have. I wish mine was that tidy!

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CherryVimto wrote:So, is this 4 Magnum Pumas on here now?
WoO! YAy! Magnum Grey Puma Party!
Ok, ok easy there Rob. :P
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Post by moondustka » Mon Sep 23, 2013 9:08 pm

Nice buy! I was searching for one in that colour when I bought mine
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Re: Blaine's Puma Thunder

Post by blaine » Sun Feb 23, 2014 1:34 pm

Have not updated this in a long while but to be honest I have not really done anything to the car.

I am looking at doing a full underside restoration on it in the summer but need to find some ideas of what this entails as this is something that I have never done before. So any help with this would be greatly appreciated.

I have a few driveability issues with the car also that I need to address as well as some general age related rust issues.
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Post by jimfrp88 » Sun Feb 23, 2014 9:07 pm

evilrob wrote:
CherryVimto wrote:So, is this 4 Magnum Pumas on here now?
WoO! YAy! Magnum Grey Puma Party!

5 :ok:
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Re: Blaine's Puma Thunder

Post by BigAl » Sun Feb 23, 2014 9:11 pm

Nice looking motor mate! :grin:
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Post by blaine » Sun Feb 23, 2014 9:19 pm

Thank you
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Re: Blaine's Puma Thunder

Post by blaine » Fri Apr 04, 2014 9:06 pm

Been debating if the Puma was really worth the effort over recent weeks but I have decided that it is staying now.

So expect to see some progress over the coming months with it.

Got a few things to sort

Underside Restoration
Repair rear arches
Repair Front drivers sill
Repair rust on bottom of drivers door/wing
Fix Engine
Fix Starting concern
Find missing trim items
try and get CD player overhauled
Buy high level brake light
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Re: Blaine's Puma Thunder

Post by blaine » Tue Apr 08, 2014 8:50 pm

Bought myself a 1.7 Black Puma to strip for parts which should give me a few spares of certain things.

The rest will be going up for sale shortly
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Re: Blaine's Puma Thunder

Post by blaine » Sun Apr 26, 2015 11:32 am

Have not been on here for quite a while, mainly due to the fact I started loosing interest in the car scene due to a minority of idiots that started causing issues on a local Ford group which I used to run, nevermind!

Due to this I have not really shown the Puma the love that it needs. My other half has been using the car for nearly a year now to get to work and back and it is in general need of some tidying. I have decided that once I come back from my holidays in June we are going to look for another car for the missus, probably another Puma. This will mean that I can take this one off the road and spent some time/money on it. However I don't imagine this will be anything quick as I also have a wedding to save for!

I will try and take some pics of the car next weekend and give you all an update on what is happening but up to now I need to fix the following.

Both rear arches need repaired
Rust coming through on drivers sill where you open the door
Replace door trim clips
Repair rust on front wings
Investigate engine rattle (Still really worried about this)
Fix front crank oil seal
Replace rear axle bushes
Fix various trim rattles
Buy new high level brake light as mine is cracked
Buy some interior door trim screw covers
Find some Wiper nut covers

As you can see I have quite a bit to do
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Post by blaine » Sat Jul 02, 2016 8:19 am

Hello everybody, ages since I have been on here.

In the past year the car has been used by my girlfriend and now I have it back I have noticed that time has not been kind to the Puma. The rear arches are much worse than what they were, the bottom of the doors have started to rust as have the bottom of the wings. I also have piston slap on the engine and last time I changed the plugs there was an awful lot of oil on the bottom of number 1 Spark plug. So needless to say I think it needs the engine replaced too.

Now I have the car back I would like to get it all fixed. I know people will say why when its an old car but I have wanted a Puma since I was 13. I just hope the panels are not too far gone to replace.
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Post by moondustka » Sat Jul 02, 2016 8:48 am

Anything is repairable, it just comes down to time and money.

Does sound like time has not been kind here as you say, how many miles has it done now? You would expect something of 40,000 miles to be in good condition but if it's spent all its life outside, the time is the key factor here.

Good luck with it.
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Post by blaine » Sat Jul 02, 2016 9:04 am

It has just rolled over to 50K. I had it to a bodyshop yesterday who is going to call me on Monday with some costs to get the bodywork repaired. So we will see what he comes back with.

With regards to the Engine I don't know If I will put the 1700CC back in or go with an alternative engine. Plenty of time to decide on this if the body is repairable.

If I get a chance tomorrow I will take some pictures of the current condition of the car
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Post by ElDude at Allison Automotive » Sat Jul 02, 2016 9:50 am

It certainly looks worth saving based on your original posts and pictures 8-)

The 1.7 is such a cracking unit when working well.. it would be shame to move away from that setup id say unless spending thousands. .

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Post by ElDude at Allison Automotive » Sat Jul 02, 2016 9:55 am

I did an engine service on an frp last year that had the 'rattle of imminent death' sort of sound.. when i checked the cam timing relative to top dead center it wasnt quite right so went ahead and did the engine service. .although it did run much better, unfortunately it did still need a new bottom end to sort it..

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Post by blaine » Sat Jul 02, 2016 12:02 pm

I certainly hope so, I love the car. Drove it yesterday for first time in around a year and loved it despite the fact that the engine was noisy. The engine is only noisy when it is cold, once it warms up it is fine. I would like to get the original engine fixed however I believe it is near on impossible due to the liners in the current block.

The engine was great until the cambelt was changed so I suspect that the garage have not carried out the timing belt change correctly. Other reason I think this is because the VVT does not seem to pull as much as it used to.
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Post by blaine » Thu Jul 07, 2016 8:40 pm

So some pictures of the car as promised. I have had a quote of £1500 to repair the car, which is something that I will be looking to do over the next 6 months or so.

As it currently stands

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Interior at present

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Rust on the inside of the drivers sill

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bottom edge of door and drivers front wing

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O/S rear arch

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The rest of the arch

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Lacquer Peel on N/S rear arch

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Rust on passenger rear arch

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